I bought the Core Collection specifically for this brush (this and the buffing brush).
I find it *perfect* SUPER *perfect* for really directed application of blush. I have a small face and favour small brushes for blush so this is just ideal. Picks up and blends pigment easily.
It's soft, it's well-made, great quality, doesn't shed, dries fast after washing and I really can't fault it. I wish I had been able to buy it on its own but heh ho.
Love this brush! It's so soft and the colour of the handle is lovely as it makes a change from usual black handles.
I use this as a foundation brush with liquid foundation and gives amazing results!
Got this in the RT Core Collection - the only way it can be purchased (truly a shame that the brushes in the sets cannot also be purchased individually!).
What's interesting is that I didn't even want this brush. I bought the Core Collection purely to get the Buffing Brush and didn't think I would have any use for the other brushes in the set but it turns out that the Buffing Brush is my least favourite of the 4 brushes and I like the Contouring Brush much more than I ever thought I would.
I rarely contour because the results on me are either non-existent or silly looking and, before getting this brush, I couldn't get a good balance between the two extremes. While I still don't contour as part of my daily routine, with this brush, it is at least something I will attempt more often. What I do love this for (as many others do) is applying highlighter. The Contour Brush applies highlighter in such a way that it gives subtle effect that is natural but still gives a highlighted "glow".
Given the low price of this brush, the quality it delivers is even more amazing. I just love Real Techniques!
I haven't actually used this brush yet for a "contour" per say, but I use this daily with my Mac Mineralized Skinfinish in "Soft and Gentle" and my Mac "Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder" as highlighters on top of my cream blush, and the result is always amazing! It's a very gentle brush, which is great because my NC15 skin is crazy sensitive!! I'm ordering a Sleek blush palette from eBay UK to Canada that has a contouring colour in it, so I can't wait to try this brush with a contouring powder! This is a great buy, especially for the low price. I have owned and still own some Mac, Bobbi Brown and Clinique brushes and I sincerely find the Real Techniques line to be better! I am a university student with a taste for high end products, bad combination!! So I can say that these brushes are budget friendly and really deliver!!
Luv this for contouring. Just as good or even better than my Mac 109 & I really do (heart) that brush...sigh. But the RT one is more dense,to me giving you a bit more control & makes more a better contour. And as someone else stated below,these brushes dry fast & shedding is minimal to none. Also like the fact you can stand em up,that was genius:) continued >>
Dries fast after cleaning. Does not shed. Oh so soft to the skin.
Don't use this as much as cause I have the individual brushes. Only got it cause I want the other brushes in the core. Let me learn and come back to this brush.
Pixiwoo really knows how to make brushes!
I'll keep this simple. What if you can't find your cheekbones to contour?? I have a small round face, and whatever bones I have are non-evident. This brush delivers blush where I want it, and not down the front of my face to the level of my mouth, or in a 90s stripe. It works to dab or blend on color, and is soft enough to work with deep colors like Sin on an NW20 pale face. So, all you cheekbone-less wonders, try it!!
As the previous reviewer said, these brushes should be sold separately. This brush comes in the core kit. Only brushes I wanted was this one and the buffing brush.
My HG contour brush has always been the mac 109 but I wanted to try this brush out. I love it!! It's more tapered and smaller than the 109 so it definitely gets right into the hollows of your cheeks so you can get a precise, contoured line. The real technique brushes are synthetic and super soft. Definitely would repurchase this brush and others!
This is sold as part of the Real Techniques core collection kit. However, its such an awesome brush that it merits its own review. (Listen up RT execs, you should sell this brush separately!) So far I have used it to contour and highlight. These are techniques that I don't usually do for my everyday makeup so I don't reach for it that often but it is the perfect size to fit the hollow of my cheek bone and outer ocular bone (top of cheek). It is incredibly soft and it dries quickly. A+ for price, sturdiness, attractiveness and softness.